Our Top BestMEDICINE Stories of 2016: Part 1

Dorrismae Weber

At BestMEDICINE, it’s been our pleasure to share stories with you throughout the year that highlight human triumph in the face of tribulation, strength and bravery through challenges, and the extreme compassion we witness in our community every day. In the first of a two-part series, we’re highlighting the stories that most touched our lives and yours, based on your responses. Thank you for sharing your year with us!

NaomiHappy Birthday, Naomi! Micro Preemie Celebrates Milestone

This could be one of our favorite BestMEDICINE stories of all time. Born less than a pound, tiny Naomi Bakker spent 142 days in the Renown NICU. This year, her family celebrated a giant milestone in the former micro preemie’s life: Her first birthday. “One of the nurses said Naomi’s is the kind of story they dream about, and that’s why they do what they do,” says Naomi’s mother, Angela Bakker.

Read More: Born Less than 1 Pound, Naomi Celebrates First Birthday

waldoWhere’s Waldo? Cheering up Patients at Renown

One of our favorite ways to help people cope with hospital stays is offering them a visit from one of our pet therapy dogs. Dogs like Waldo help brighten — and sometimes make — a patient’s day (and ours). He was even honored by the City of Reno for his contributions to the community.

Read More: Healing Paws: Meet Waldo the Therapy Dog

logan_masonExpanding Health Care for Nevadans

For almost 16 years, Shari Mason has logged countless miles traveling to hospitals out of the area seeking treatment for her son, Logan, who has a primary immune deficiency disease. For families like the Masons, we were excited to announce that Renown Health has partnered with Stanford Medicine to expand health care for the northern Nevada community — and so were they. 

Read More: Together, We’re Better: Expanding Health Care for Northern Nevada Families

Dorrismae WeberHow Dorismae Reclaimed Her Life, and Her Walking Shoes

When lifelong trekker and adventurer Dorismae Weber learned her aortic valve was shutting down, she was afraid of losing something she loved most: her daily walks. But following a trans catheter aortic valve implantation, Weber reclaimed her walking shoes — and her life. We salute Dorismae’s courage and adventurous spirit.

Read More: How Dorismae Reclaimed Her Life and Walking Shoes With TAVR


breast cancer survivorForming Unbreakable Bonds During Treatment

Sometimes seeing a friendly face can make all the difference in a person’s life, and health. And for Shawna Gomez, seeing three friendly faces over the last 10 years of treatment has proved that to be true. In honor of National Cancer Survivor’s Day, we shared their touching story of friendship. 

Read More: Patient, Nurses Benefit from 10-Year Bond

What were your favorite stories of 2016? Comment and share below and be sure to check out Part 2!